Christmas

Christmas is Here Again!

santaWe are days away from Christmas! I don’t know about you, but I’m not quite ready for the holiday. For one thing, I haven’t watched nearly enough Christmas movies. I’ve been so busy with all of the other things associated with Christmas – decorating, baking cookies, attending get-togethers with friends and family, shopping for presents and wrapping presents – that I just haven’t had the time. Oh, I’ve watched some of my favorites (White Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Miracle on 34th Street – just to name a few), but I certainly haven’t reached my quota of cheesy Christmas romances.

Fortunately, even when the library is closed (as it will be this holiday weekend), there is always Hoopla, one of HCPL’s digital catalogs that allows customers to stream movies, music and eBooks to their computer or mobile device. Hoopla has a wide selection of Christmas movies to choose from. Some, like Holiday Inn and Babes in Toyland, are Christmas classics. Others, like The Snowman and How to Catch an Elf, are geared toward children. And there are plenty of Christmas romances to choose from for those who haven’t already seen their fill this season.

All of the movies listed below are available to stream through Hoopla. Check out Hoopla, and find a good movie to watch this holiday weekend. Make sure you also browse the Christmas tag on Hoopla and our other digital catalogs to find Christmas books and music, too!

Christmas Holiday Library Hours

ChristmasWe will close early on Thursday, December 22, at 5:00 pm.

The storytimes will take place as scheduled:
Toddler time—10:00 a.m.
Preschool time—11:00 a.m.

The afternoon computer class has been canceled.

We will be closed Friday, December 23, through Monday, December 26.
We will reopen on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 10:00 am.

We wish you a Merry Christmas!

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Cooking Corner

Wash your hands, roll up your sleeves and join the fun as we measure, mix and make some holiday treats!

Date: Wednesday, Dec 14
Time: 4:00-5:00 p.m.
For ages 5-11

 

Space is limited

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Merry Grinchmas!

 Even the Grinch can’t ruin the fun that is planned for Wednesday, December 14th in the Children’s area!   Join us for a special showing of the 1966 version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas at 4:30 pm.  After the movie, make a “grinchy” craft that is guaranteed to make your heart grow 3 times larger!  This program is limited to 30 children of all ages (and their parents).  Call the library at 832-559-4235 to register!  *Bring a drink with a lid and we’ll provide the popcorn!

My Favorite Things

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When I'm feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don't feel so bad
- 'My Favorite Things', Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II

I don’t honestly remember when the song 'My Favorite Things' from the musical The Sound of Music first made it onto the Christmas music playlist. I suppose it does talk about “sleigh bells” and “snowflakes” and “silver white winters”, but it has never struck me as overly Christmassy in nature. In the context of this blog, however, it fits perfectly.

The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is always one of the busiest for many people, myself included. End of year deadlines approach, relatives and friends visit, holiday preparations plow steadily forward, and there are too many parties and get-togethers to number. But even in the midst of everything associated with the holiday season, I still make time to watch some of my favorite Christmas movies.

I enjoy Christmas movies of all kinds – animated, black & white, made for TV, etc. – but there are a handful that I love the most. These are the movies I have to watch each holiday season or I feel like something is missing. For instance, my Mom and I always watch White Christmas while decorating the family Christmas tree. It’s been our tradition for years, and one I would be sad to miss.

For this last blog of the holiday season, Donna (my wonderful movie blogging partner) and I have put together a list of our must-watch holiday movies. What movies do you consider essential holiday viewing?

Santa Puppet Show & Craft

Santa Hat courtesy of Clker.comPuppets, crafts, books - what a great way to get ready for Christmas week!  We'll start you off right this Saturday, 12/19 at 1:00pm with the "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" puppet show.  Stay after the show to make your own puppet.  Then, you can present a puppet show to your family next week!  

Family Christmas Storytime at the Stratford Library!


FAMILY CHRISTMAS STORYTIME

STRATFORD LIBRARY

TUESDAY DECEMBER 22

10:15 AM

ALL AGES WELCOME!

STORIES, SONGS, AND CRAFTS

WITH A CHRISTMAS THEME!

 

This Week at the Stratford Library!

Tiny Tuesday Sensory Play 

Tuesday Dec 15 10:15 AM

Ages 0-2

Babies explore and learn by playing!

 

 

 
 

 

Adult Christmas Coloring Extravaganza                                            

Wednesday December 16 10:30 AM

Create holiday themed coloring projects!

 

A Christmas Carol

scrooge's turkeyOf all the traditional Christmas tales, there is one that has been explored in movies and television more than any other: A Christmas Carol. Originally a novella written by Charles Dickens in 1843, A Christmas Carol is an enduring classic of the holiday season. It tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly old man who detests Christmas. On Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by three spirits who help him transform into a kinder and gentler man who embodies the spirit of the season.

It’s not hard to see why filmmakers have continually found themselves drawn to retell Dickens’ classic tale. It includes many of the elements audiences find most compelling: a holiday setting; a transformation for the better; a variety of ghosts; and an endearing family who are down on their luck, yet still happy. It is also a story that lends itself easily to adaptation. Dickens’ story has been retold as a comedy (Scrooged), a parody (Blackadder’s Christmas Carol), a musical (A Christmas Carol: The Musical), with Muppets (The Muppet Christmas Carol) and mice (Mickey’s Christmas Carol), a science fiction tale (Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol), and more. Some of the elements might change from version to version, but the general story of transformation and rebirth is always present.

If you’re in the mood to watch a version of the Charles Dickens classic this holiday season, check out the list below. Some of the titles listed below are available through Hoopla, HCPL’s streaming media catalog. If you have questions about how to use Hoopla, please call any of the HCPL locations and ask a librarian for help getting started.

Night at the North Pole - Tonight!

Tonight's the night!

- Crafts!

-Treats!

- Hot Chocolate!

- Gumdrop Building!

- Friends of the Library Sale!

- Santa!

6:30 PM at the Stratford Library.

Don't miss it!

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